Retinal pathology occurring after excimer laser surgery or phakic intraocular lens implantation: Evaluation of possible relationship

Anat Loewenstein*, Michaella Goldstein, Moshe Lazar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The increasing number of patients undergoing refractive surgery has led to an awareness of the potential retinal complications of these procedures. The purpose of this review is to summarize the reports of retinal pathology and myopic maculopathy that have occurred after excimer refractive surgery or implantation of phakic intraocular lenses, and to evaluate theoretical pathogenetic mechanisms. We found it reasonable to conclude that retinal detachments and macular hemorrhages are not caused by laser surgery, but are rather characteristic of the natural history in the myopic eye. However, although there is no clear-cut evidence for a cause-and-effect relationship between excimer laser surgery and retinal pathology, it is very important to inform patients that refractive surgery only corrects the refractive aspect of myopia, and that the myopia itself still has the potential for serious complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages11
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Excimer laser
  • Laser-assisted keratomileusis
  • Myopia
  • Myopic maculopathy
  • Photorefractive keratectomy
  • Retinal detachment

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